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Military Bases: Strait of Hotmuz

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the implications for UK defence policy of France’s decision to create a military base in the Strait of Hotmuz. (180602)

On 15 January, President Nicolas Sarkozy signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates which includes plans to create a French military base in Abu Dhabi. There are no implications for UK Defence Policy. France has a long history of defence co-operation in the Gulf region.